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    MOSCOW, February 25, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Maria Balynina) - "The President was quite right to disband the Cabinet," holds Mikhail Margelov, foreign affairs committee head at the Federation Council, parliament's upper house. "I am sure Mr. Putin will knock up a team of like-minded people for his new presidential term," he said to Novosti. The Senator is no less sure that, whatever ministers have lost portfolios, the President will stay true to his present-day foreign policies.

    Law enforcement ministers will hardly change, says Victor Ozerov, defence and security committee head. He has long expected Cabinet dismissal, he confessed. The next prime-ministerial nomination will show what policies the President will pursue on his next term. Mr. Putin's statement on the occasion allows out interviewee to conclude that.

    "A brave and well-pondered move," Sergei Shatirov, deputy head of the industrial policies committee, says on the government dismissal. "A Russian president has never before announced to the nation whom its destinies, federal rule, development of Russian statehood, and social reforms will depend on." A new Cabinet ought to keep in the foreground social welfare and work for Russia to get a worthy place in the world. The Cabinet will also have to pace up economic progress, and elaborate patterns for government management of a market-oriented economy, Senator Shatirov said to Novosti.

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